Photogenic German architecture in Dinkelsbuehl

When I lived in south-west Germany and my friends came to visit and asked for my travel tips, I got a little tired of sending them off (or accompanying them) to Heidelberg or Rothenburg, the standard touristy cities to visit nearby. These are great places, but sometimes it’s much more fun to get off the beaten track, so on a whim we set off on a day trip to visit towns we’d heard were just as pretty and typically German, but lacked the constant bus loads of tourists.

One of them, and one of my favourites, was a town with the cute name of Dinkelsbuehl is best enjoyed on a long stroll, I think, when you can take in the historical walls, towers and gates, the old prison, the Carmelite Monastery and both old and new town halls, too. The local Dinkelsbuehl website gives you the specifics and some details on walking tours they run there, with good value tours available in English if you contact them in advance. Alternatively, just wander on your own like I did and be prepared for an architectural feast and maybe some more surprises.. It’s a town that still celebrates its medieval history and has a great array of typical German architecture too. The best moment of my day was turning a corner to stroll down a street and have my eye caught by a distinctive old yellow building. I remember remarking to my friend that it must be famous, because I was sure I’d seen it somewhere before. She reached into her backpack and pulled out her old Lonely Planet guidebook to Germany, and there was that very building gracing the cover.

Dinkelsbuehl is best enjoyed on a long stroll, I think, when you can take in the historical walls, towers and gates, the old prison, the Carmelite Monastery and both old and new town halls, too. The local Dinkelsbuehl website gives you the specifics and some details on walking tours they run there, with good value tours available in English if you contact them in advance. Alternatively, just wander on your own like I did and be prepared for an architectural feast and maybe some more surprises.

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